- Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Karra Elejalde, Raúl Arévalo, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Vicente Romero, Carlos Santos, Pau Cólera, Milena Soliz, Sonia Ovando, Dani Currás, Luis Bredow
- Director: Icíar Bollaín
- Writer: Paul Laverty
- Producer: Juan Gordon
- Co Producers: Eric Altmayer, Monica Lozano Serrano, Emma Lustres Gómez
- Executive Producer: Pilar Benito
- Castings: Eva Leira, Yolanda Serrano
- Costume Design: Sonia Grande
- D.O.P.: Alex Catalán
- Editor: Ángel Hernández Zoido
- Makeup: Karmele Soler
- Music: Alberto Iglesias
- Production Design: Juan Pedro De Gaspar
The film "Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)," directed by Iciar Bollain and written by Scottish screenwriter Paul Laverty, is about, in the director's words, [resistance and friendship. It's a personal journey -- an adventure undertaken by characters which brings the past into the present.]
The story intertwines Columbus' arrival in the Americas with the making of a film; it mixes the Spanish crown's exploitation of gold in the 16th century with the fight for water in Cochabamba in the year 2000.
The film takes us from the fiction of a period film to the reality of a film set in a small Bolivian city. And from that reality to another which is deeper and more dramatic, that faced by people with practically no rights, prohibited by law from collecting even the rain.
But "Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)" does much more than compare historic events. It transcends the detail and delves into something much deeper and more universal. Deep down it's a story about loyalty, camaraderie, and empathy.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Cochabamba, Bolivia
- Production Companies: AXN, Alebrije Cine y Video, Canal+, Eurimages, Haut et Court, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Londra Films P&D, Mandarin Cinéma, Morena Films, Natixis Coficiné, Televisión Española, Vaca Fil
2011 Guide Analysis: "Spanish actress turned filmmaker Icíar Bollaín ("Take My Eyes," "Mataharis") returns with this fascinating and slightly meta story which is the official Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Oscars, beating out her fellow countrymen's efforts like "Celda 211" and "Lope". U.S. distributor Vitagraph Films made a rare acquisition picking this up, they only release 2-3 films a year and their last foreign purchase was Germany's "The Baader Meinhof Complex".
It's a film rich with metaphor and themes from runaway productions to the continued exploitation of Latin America by richer countries and multinational corporations who believe human rights should bow down to the almighty dollar. Bolivia is the poorest country on the South American continent, one of the reasons why the filmmakers in the story choose it because it's so cheap to film there.
As they make their movie about the Spanish conquistadors and their pillaging of the country centuries ago, the parallels with the present day events become pretty clear. In this case, the backdrop is Cochabamba Water Revolt in 2000 in Bolivia when the Government privatised the country's water supply and the cost jumped overnight by 300% (which inspired the plot for the hugely disappointing 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace").
Reviews for this have been strong, the film apparently making its points just enough to avoid being labelled as either overbearing or too subtle. Gael Garcia Bernal's main character for example is deeply upset about the historical injustices but finds it far more difficult to be sympathetic to the modern plight when it interrupts his filming schedule and money becomes a major issue. It actually sounds quite fascinating, and certainly one to look out for."